Strategies in Sustainable Supply Chain Management: An Empirical Investigation of Large German Companies

Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, Forthcoming

38 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2012 Last revised: 2 May 2012

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Dorli Harms

Leuphana University of Lueneburg

Erik G. Hansen

Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz

Stefan Schaltegger

Leuphana University of Lueneburg

Date Written: April 28, 2012

Abstract

Companies which manage global supply chains face a high level of complexity with a large number of suppliers in diverse socio-economic contexts and growing expectations by customers and standardization schemes to control social and environmental aspects. In the context of sustainable development to effectively manage supplier relationships has therefore gained particular attention in sustainable supply chain management (SSCM). This paper investigates two SSCM strategic approaches in Germany’s largest stock companies with regard to supplier management. Supplier evaluation and selection adopts a risk-oriented strategic perspective whereas supplier development represents a business opportunity-oriented approach managing supplier chains for sustainable products. The survey-based analysis reveals that large German large stock companies mainly implement risk-oriented SSCM strategies.

Keywords: supplier management, sustainable supply chain management, strategies, sustainable development, corporate sustainability, Germany

JEL Classification: M11, M13, L23

Suggested Citation

Harms, Dorli and Hansen, Erik G. and Schaltegger, Stefan, Strategies in Sustainable Supply Chain Management: An Empirical Investigation of Large German Companies (April 28, 2012). Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2046934

Dorli Harms (Contact Author)

Leuphana University of Lueneburg ( email )

Scharnhorststrasse 1
Lüneburg, 21314
Germany

Erik G. Hansen

Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz ( email )

Linz
Austria

HOME PAGE: http://www.jku.at/iqd/content/e288348

Stefan Schaltegger

Leuphana University of Lueneburg ( email )

Scharnhorststraße 1
Lüneburg, 21335
Germany

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